2022 Classes

All Certificate in Native Plants classes are open to the public.
You do not need to be working toward your Certificate in Native Plants to attend any of these classes.

Discounted admission is available to members of Wild Ones, Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, and the Tennessee Native Plant Society.

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Ecology of Wetlands

Saturday, June 11, 2022
9:00 am – 12:30 pm EDT
Volkswagen Chattanooga Campus
Instructor: Bill Philips
ELECTIVE class for the Certificate in Native Plants
(4 credits)

A wetland is a distinct ecosystem that is inundated by water, either permanently or seasonally, where oxygen-free processes prevail. The course will discuss freshwater wetlands typical of this region, their role in water purification and their characteristic vegetation.

The instructor will describe the development and execution of the plan to restore the 40 acre wetland  on the Volkswage Chattanooga campus, creating a biodiverse environment, including 167 species of birds that migrate through the property or have made it home. The last part of the course will be a tour of the now 88-acre wetland, with a discussion of how the plant communities have changed since the original restoration.  The hike will be easy, but wet – please come prepared.

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Forest Fungi Hike

Saturday, July 16, 2022
9:00am – 12:30pm EDT
Clemmer Spur Trail
Cherokee National Forest near Reliance TN
Instructor: Rachel Swenie
Learn to find and identify mushrooms during this hands-on walk in the woods. We will discuss the main features of mushrooms used for identification, habitat types that are conducive to mushroom growth, edible and poisonous species, and the many roles mushrooms play in forest ecosystems. An easy, ~3.5 mile hike.

ELECTIVE class for the Certificate in Native Plants
(4 credits)

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Botany I

August 13, 2022
Instructors: Dr. Richard Clements & Mary Priestley
CORE class for the Certificate in Native Plants

(6 credits)

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Botany II

September 10, 2022
Instructors: Dr. Richard Clements & Mary Priestley
CORE class for the Certificate in Native Plants
(6 credits)

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Native Plant Propagation

Fall dates TBA
ELECTIVE class for the Certificate in Native Plants
(4 credits)